Thomas A Becket Middle School
is a maintained middle school
for pupils aged 8 to 12. It currently caters for around 780 pupils. It is the largest middle-deemed-primary
school in the United Kingdom
in terms of pupils numbers.The school is located in the Tarring
area of Worthing
, West Sussex
Thomas A Becket Middle School opened in 1985 following the merger of two smaller primary schools. At the same time, schools across the borough of Worthing changed to a three-tier system of education, including first
and High schools
. The Thomas A Becket Primary School had previously opened in 1964.
The school is named for the former Archbishop of Canterbury
, Thomas Becket
, linking to several local stories that the archbishop
once visited the town.
The school is currently housed in the buildings of a former boys' secondary school.
It is now among the last remaining 8-12 middle schools in England, as most local authorities have abolished the 8-12 middle school (and 5-8 first school) system since the mid 1980s.
Thomas A Becket Middle School has a recommended capacity of 720 pupils. However, over-subscription in recent years has led to intakes of around 192 children each year, forming 6 classes in each year group. In previous years, the school has catered for 7 class groups in one year of entry.The school remains over-subscribed leading the local education authority
to review the catchment area with effect from September 2007.